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Flames G Miikka Kiprusoff retires from NHL
CALGARY, Alberta – Calgary Flames goalie Miikka Kiprusoff is retiring from the NHL after 12 seasons.
The 36-year-old Kiprusoff, who began his career with the San Jose Sharks, joined the Flames in 2003 and spent nine seasons with Calgary.
Kiprusoff said he made the decision to retire at the end of last season, but wanted to think about it over the summer before making an official announcement yesterday.
The native of Turku, Finland holds Flames records for wins, games played and shutouts.
Kiprusoff made his NHL debut with San Jose in March 2001 after a two-season stint with Kentucky of the AHL. Kiprusoff spent parts of three seasons with San Jose before being traded to Calgary on Nov. 16, 2003, for a second-round draft pick.
Jets WR Kerley has concussion, uncertain for Pats
FLORHAM PARK, N.J. – New York Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley has a concussion, and could miss the team’s game against the Patriots at New England on Thursday night.
The Jets announced yesterday that Kerley passed the NFL’s concussion protocol after taking a hard hit from Tampa Bay’s Mark Barron late in the second quarter of New York’s 18-17 victory Sunday. Kerley’s helmet popped off during the hit, and Barron was assessed a 15-yard personal foul penalty.
Kerley again passed the concussion tests after the game, but exhibited concussionlike symptoms when he arrived at the team’s facility yesterday morning. He went through a third concussion test and was held out of the team’s walkthrough as a precaution.
Center Nick Mangold (right arm) and wide receiver Santonio Holmes (left foot) were among those limited yesterday.
Steelers’ Pouncey, Foote out for the year
PITTSBURGH – The Pittsburgh Steelers will have to press on without two of their most vital contributors.
Pro Bowl center Maurkice Pouncey will undergo surgery later this week to repair his injured right knee. Linebacker Larry Foote will also have surgery to fix a ruptured right biceps.
Both players went down in Sunday’s dismal 16-9 loss to Tennessee and are lost for the year. Their absence tests the depth at two positions where the Steelers are painfully thin.
Kion Wilson, who was out of the NFL in 2012, will get the first crack at stepping in for Foote.
The Steelers also plan to re-sign running back Jonathan Dwyer, who was cut at the end of preseason. Pittsburgh needs help in the backfield after LaRod Stephens-Howling tore the ACL in his knee on Sunday.
Texas’s Brown says firing not a sign of panic
AUSTIN, Texas – After firing his defensive coordinator two games into the season, Texas Coach Mack Brown said he’s not in a panic. He said he is just trying to fix a problem.
Brown also insisted the Longhorns’ 40-21 loss to BYU didn’t raise the pressure on his own job. Texas gave up a school-record 550 yards rushing and dropped out of the Top 25 with the loss.
Texas is just 23-18 since 2009, but Brown had talked openly in the preseason that this year’s experienced team could lead the Longhorns back to national prominence.
Manny Diaz was reassigned and the defensive coordinator’s job was given to Greg Robinson, a former Longhorns and Michigan assistant who had also had a stint as head coach at Syracuse.
Harper out of Nats’ lineup at least 2 more days
NEW YORK – Bryce Harper will be out of the Washington Nationals’ lineup for at least two more days due to a sore left hip.
Harper was examined by team doctors in Washington, and Manager Davey Johnson said Monday that tests showed inflammation but no structural damage. The 20-year-old slugger will take oral medication and sit out the first two games of a four-game series against the Mets.
Johnson said he hopes Harper can play after that, but it will depend how he feels.
Harper, the NL Rookie of the Year last season, was scratched from the lineup Saturday in Miami and hasn’t played since. The slugger is batting .273 with 19 homers and 49 RBIs during an injury-plagued season.
The Nationals, on the fringe of the NL wild-card race, aren’t sure when Harper will rejoin the team.